Number of Walmarts in Dallas to Double

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011  |  Updated 12:06 AM CDT
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Walmart is adding a dozen Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Clubs in Dallas.

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Walmart has big plans in Big D.

The Arkansas-based company announced $200 million plans to open at least 12 additional stores in Dallas, more than doubling its presence in the city.

A Walmart spokesman on Tuesday would only give locations for five of the stores, three of which are in Dallas' southern sector, which doesn't have many grocery options.

"It's about time that stores start recognizing that it is a lucrative area, because we have so many homes and apartment in this little old small area where I live at," Oak Cliff resident James Ray said.

A Walmart Neighborhood Market will open less than two blocks from his home.

Ray said his only other grocery-shopping choices are a Minyards and an Aldi that hasn't even opened yet. He said he hopes a new store will bring competition and lower prices.

The five confirmed locations include two Supercenters at the corner of Central Expressway and Midpark Road and at the corner of Interstate 35E and Ledbetter Road, two neighborhood markets at the corner of South Buckner Boulevard and Scyene Road and at the corner of North Hampton Road and Fort Worth Avenue and a Sam's Club at the intersection of Webb Chapel Road and Northwest Highway.

Jim Martin, who lives near the proposed Oak Cliff location at Fort Worth Avenue, said he would prefer a Whole Foods but is happy there will be more options in the area.

"Short term, (it's) good for the neighborhood," he said. "I think a little more options would be nice. There's a part of Oak Cliff that seems to be doing comfortable and can afford the nicer places, but there is also a good part of Oak Cliff that needs the basics at a more affordable cost."

A Walmart spokesman also said the five identified stores would be new construction.

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